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Geopolitics of Quantum Buddhism: Our Pre-Hydrocarbon Tao Future (No Breakthrough at the Rio+20 Summit)

From Rio to Rio
with Kyoto, Copenhagen and Durban in between, the conclusion remains
the same: we fundamentally disagree on realities of this planet and the ways we
can address them. A decisive breakthrough would necessitate both
wider contexts and a larger participatory base as to identify problems, to formulate
policies, to broaden and synchronize our actions.

Luminaries from the world of science,
philosophy, religion, culture and sports are invited
too.¬†But,¬†they¬†‚Äď as usual ‚Äď will stuff¬†side-events¬†panels,¬†while
only politics will make decisions.

Who in politics is sincerely motivated
for the long-range policies?

This does not pay off politically as such
policies are often too complex and too time-consuming to survive the frequency and span of national
elections as well as the taste or comprehension of the median voter. Our crisis is not environmental, financial
or politico-economic. Deep and structural, this is a crisis of thought, of our ideas, all which runs us into a deep
moral recession.

Therefore, very little headway will be made
at the Rio Summit.

Between the fear that theinevitable will happen and thelame hope that it still wouldn’twe have lived…That what canbeand doesn’t have to be, at the end, surrenders to something thatmeantto be…[1]

              *              *              *              *              *              *

Is Greece (or Spain) lagging 20 years behind
the rest of the EU or is Greece today well ahead of the
rest of Europe which will face a similar fate in two decades from
now[2]? Beyond
the usual political rhetoric, this is the question that
intellectual circles in Europe and elsewhere are
discreetly, but thoroughly discussing. In a larger context, the intriguing intellectual
debates are heating up. Issues are fundamental: Why has science
turned into religion? (Practiced economy is based on the over 200-years
old liberal theory of Adam Smith and over 300-years old philosophy of Hobbes
and Locke‚Äď basically, frozen and rigidly canonized into a dogmatic exegesis.
Scientific debate has been replaced by a blind obedience.) Why has
religion been turned into confrontational political
ideology (religious texts are misinterpreted and ideologically misused in
Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas and Africa)? Why have (secular
ortheological) ethics been turned from bio-centric comprehension
into anthropocentric environmental egotism and ignorance (treating
nature as a property, not as a coherent system that contextualizes
our very life)? Why despite all our research studies, our institutions
and instruments, the inequalities and exclusions are widening? Why has freedom been reduced
to a lame choice to consume? Why does the achieved degree of our
economic development and stage of our technological advancement not
enable society for self-realization (to the contrary, our
democracies are in retreat, our visions are exhausted and self-confidence
depleted, while the socio-cultural and political participatory
base isthinning)? After all, is Rio ahead of itself 20 years later? The
resonance of these vital debates is gradually reaching the public. No one
can yet predict the range and scope of their responses, internally and externally.
One is certain though;the larger audience understands that the simple
mechanical transmission of global (economic) integration cannot be a
substitute for any viable post-industrial, knowledge-based development
strategy, scientific advancement or cultural endorsement, even less for any social
cohesion and the cross-generational contract, environmental
needs including the biocapacity and biodiversity, as well as general
public mental and physical health. 

(Tao[3]) Creek,
not only Greek

By roughly summing up the data provided by the World Bank and
OECD,¬†the world‚Äôs¬†gross¬†annual output is somewhere between¬†‚ā¨85
and 95 thousand billions. Servicing of different loans and
related interest rates to public and private debts, per annum, cumulatively
costs this planet some¬†‚ā¨¬†195 to 210¬†thousand¬†billions.¬†In
simple terms, it means we produce 1, but owe 2 to
the different credit institutions[4]. How
comes that year after year we work harder and harder, but are still
becoming socio-economically poorer and poorer, and culturally
pauperized? Is our environmental situation any better?  By
following the same data’s ecological footprint ratios, mankind annually
extracts from theecosystem the biomatter and minerals for 1,
out of which only 10% end up as a final product, but at the same
time we pollute waters, land, air and near outer space with non-degradable
or/and toxic, solid or aerosol, particles and noise for 2. Despite
all the purifiers, cleaners, separators, distillations, silencers and
filters, our surrounding is becoming filthier and filthier. Does
this earn the right to be called ‚Äėdevelopment‚Äô¬†at all?¬†¬†Over
centuries and especially in the last decades, we indeed intensified,
rationalized and optimized our economic activities as well as related
technologies and information flows, but could it be that despite our push
with the right intensity, the overall direction (of that push) is
wrong?[5]

To answer this question of a simple wording but of sensitive and
complex (selfhood) meanings, we definitely have to enlarge the
context. For that sake, let’s return to Greece.

First, a few words about a term in a frequent
common use: cosmos. The expression cosmos itself is
of Greek origins¬†(??s¬Ķ??)¬†and means: a harmony, perfect order[6],
and is opposite to the Greek word khaos/chaos (????), which means:
confusion, disorder, asynchrony (also an unordered and formless primordial mass
or even nothingness). The fascinating ancient Greek mythology thoroughly
describes the creation of the world ‚Äď as an event marked by the final victory
of the forces of cosmos over the forces of chaos. It is a thrilling ancient text, marvelous in
its beauty and symbolism.

‚ÄúYou Are the Sunshine of My Life…‚ÄĚ[7]

In the modern scientific and philosophical (or astronomic,
esoteric and theological) sense, the word cosmos should describe
everything (of the manifested, comprehensible and visible universe as well
as the non-comprehensiblepotentiality and invisible universes/multiverse)
that nature and/or God has created[8].
As everything that has been, is and will ever be conceived as a time‚Äďspace,
matter‚Äďenergy (with all the properties and all their conceivable aggregate
states/stages, elevations¬†and degrees), particle ‚Äď wave-function
(consciousness-information), cosmos is a nature or/and God itself.
It isall that starts (from), lasts (with/in) and ends in (returns
to) the quantum field.

Contemporary astrophysics claims that the known or
comprehensible universe is expanding, and is still being powered by
the quantum event generally referred in literature as the big-bang. Up to now,
there is no general consensus of the scientific community on what is the property (nature)
of the invisible, inter-stellar and inter-galactic space (dark
matter). However, it is certain that the visible stellar universe is mainly composed
by two elements only: helium and hydrogen. Thus, stars ‚Äď this backbone of¬†the¬†universe
‚Äď are¬†predominantly (to 99%)¬†made¬†of these two elements.¬†Tantalizingly
enough, the colony of progressing biped primates, while
spreading over this planet, has developed a strong technological,
civilizational and physiological culture of addiction to a completely
other element: carbon.

Earth is practically bathing in immense spectrums
of sun-rays. This solar radiation that our star supplies above
us is essentially an infinite source of energy[9].
The core of our mother planet is still kinetically and thermally very
active, meaning that humans in fact sit on the top of
inexhaustible energy provided by seismic events and the enormous residual geothermal heat of Earth.

How did we ‚Ästan¬†advanced civilization ‚Äď miss to realize
this?  Residing between two infinite energy aggregators, how did we
end up with hydrocarbons ‚Äď the carbonized remains of passed life?¬†How did
we end up tapping just a thin upper lithosphere and keep
obsessively digging and drilling it for fossil fuels?
How did we develop this necrophilic obsession?[10] How
did we manage to focus our human and economic development on carbons and
steadily develop the so-called technologies that apparently take us right into
collision with the universe and with everything that surrounds our biosphere?
And how keep mankind enveloped in an exhausting competition
and dangerous confrontation over a tiny and very finite portion of
fossilized carbons situated beneath the surface of our habitat? Finally,
do we live cosmos or chaos?!

How did things go wrong in the first
place?  Well, the 2 million evolutionary years of
hunters-gatherers exposed to stark scarcities, rival gangs of humans’ and
other predators, permanent seasonal oscillations, harsh climatic and
topographic conditions, constituting an integral part of the natural food-chain[11], has taught us to observe things sequentially, horizontally,
territorially, linear¬†‚Äď not cognitive.¬†That‚Äôs how we¬†(through
the primordial mechanical solidarity ofour endangered and insecure herd) learned
to prolong our existence on expenses of other living creatures, even those
turned into what we call fuel hundred million years ago.

‚ÄúGet your kicks on Route 66…‚ÄĚ[12]

Admittedly, the way we are developing and deploying the
anthropotechiques indicates that we did not manage to significantly depart
from the central pre-cognitive challenge which we humans do share
with¬†all¬†other¬†planetary forms of life¬†‚Äď survival[13].
Our central cognitive question, a quest that should largely
distinguish us from all other living forms: What I am doing here?,
or¬†How can I bridge my past, my presence, with my future? ‚Ästremains
largely unanswered. Our ‚Äėdevelopmental‚Äô palliatives are corrosive, autistic,¬†particularized,¬†aggressive,¬†egotistic,¬†reactive,
incoherent and harming for this planet and its life. We are still
captured by the horizontalities of our insecure existence which formed our
lower laying brain foundations throughout the 2 million years long hominid
history[14].  

Anthropology usually differentiates the homo sapiens (as
an early, primitive hominine/homo) from homo sapiens sapiens (advanced,
modern man). By relating our species to its ability to extract and
consume calories with the help of different anthropotechniques[15] (presently called
technologies), we may roughly divide the hominid’s evolution in the
following way:

(i)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†2 million years/100.000/50.000¬†‚Äst10.000
years ago: a low energy consumption (conservative-solar techniques) driven
human race;

(ii)                             10.000
‚Äď 200 years ago: a medium energy consumption (hydraulic-agrarian,
advanced-solar techniques) driven human race;

(iii)             200 years ago (the event of the so-called
industrial revolution) ‚Äď nowadays: high energy consumption (hydrocarbon¬†techniques)
driven human race[16].

Nevertheless, by observing the dynamics within the human culture and ability
of such a race to maintain a natural equilibrium with the organic
and inorganic surroundings, we can make the following classification
of history:

a)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†barbarians¬†without technology (early humans)¬†‚Äď
no-to-moderate disturbance, and then;

b)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†‚Äėmobilized/progressed‚Äô¬†barbarians¬†with¬†interfering¬†‚Äėtechnology‚Äô¬†(the
so-called¬†modern men)¬†‚Ästexcessive disturbance[17].

Irrespectively of the fact that the irreversible extraction
of crude we falsely call ‚Äėproduction‚Äô of ‚Äėblack gold‚Äô, it is simply a¬†fallacy
of myopic, lethal addiction. The anthropotechnique which is
exclusively fixated on tapping the tiny portion of lithosphere in a
search for the¬†fossil¬†remains ‚Äď and combusting these remains to
convert them into our prime energy source with the loads of
collateral waste, is a barbarism per se, and can only be marked as
‚Äėtechnology‚Äô.

Yet, the scope, depth and endurance of our anti-intellectual
limbic ignorance and reptilian greed are so fascinating, as it
is our fixation with the locality, with the territorial animal inside of us[18].
Our cerebral cortex (big, upper brain) is still a hostage of the reptilian
(lower part of our) brain, which keeps us in a disastrous and obsessive
captivity of the reptilian brain-determined, linear, instinctive
reflex to acquire ever large possessions of resources on the given territory,
without ability to enlarge the perspective and to grant it relief of the coherent, consciousness-based, cognitive
time-space dimension.                                                      Hence, no
wonder that we are paying a heavy endpoint price while still singing the
self-assuring lullaby: save the environment! It is simply a misstatement:
environment will survive, we’ll be eliminated.

‚ÄúOh, Lord won‚Äôt you buy me a Mercedes Benz[19]‚Ķ‚ÄĚ
‚Äď the Tao wisdom lost

That is how and where we set our obscure priorities:
Ever perpetuated competition that keeps us in barbaric, reptilian confrontation
over scarce resources, with the ‚Äėtechnology‚Äô¬†which unstoppably emits
greenhouse gasses, turning our earth into a planetary gas-chamber[20],
on the way to a self-prepared global holocaust. Technology is not a
state of arts (or science); technology is a state of mind!
[21]It
is not a linear progression in mastering the natural science disciplines,
but in acquiring a coherent cognitive and emphatic critical
insight. This¬†‚Äėtechnology‚Äô¬†will turn into¬†actual¬†technology
when¬†‚Äď or¬†better say¬†‚Ästif our¬†conscious,¬†self-actualizing,¬†nonlinear,¬†multidimensional
and cluster-thinking capacitated upper brain finally takes a firm
command over the reptilian, insecure, territorial, assertive, an eat-multiply-survive reflex-and instinct-induced lower
brain[22].

Following the outbreak of the still unsettled financial
crisis, there is a growing anti-neoliberal sentiment. But, do not blame
economy or (the dogmatic exegesis of) the credit institutions[23];
it is yet another anthropotechnique enveloped inthe human conscripts,
codes of conducts on our long, indecisive evolutionary march. What is
wrong is our perception, or better say the observer’s
consideration spot, a cognitive departure point.

Finite and depletable resources are something that our
reptilian complex has gotten accustomed to in the course of
evolution. All our subsequent socio-economic fabrics, customs and
normative orders, and politico-military constructs were emotionally
charged and formed around the creation of an emotional
attachment, a deep psychologization on a fearful dependency over the horizontal and finite. We
are scarcity fear ‚Äďobsessed culture.¬†Social cohesion and mobilization as
well as our overall comprehension of an infinite, renewable and inexhaustible, would
require cognitivity which would mark an end of domination of the reptilian
brain’s mechanical-instinctively imposed and maintained control.

So far, control itself remained the central solidifier of
human civilization in managing the unpredictable and instable human (group or individual) dynamics.
Fixation on finite resources and their consummation in controlled space andcontrolled
time are the ties that bound¬†the human culture¬†‚Ästa social
construct of psychologized securitization we conceived as comprehensible and
permissible, and therefore possible[24].
Infinity eliminates the premium of control, and of mechanically imposed
and externally induced coercive cohesion based on ever perpetuated competition
and confrontation. An antidote to anxieties and seeds of fear, infinity
eventually de-psychologizes and demonopolizes the reptiliancommand
over our cognitivity[25].  

Ergo, the grand mistake of our evolution is not an
emergence of the cerebral cortex, our central problem is that the
upper brain has developed to service and aid the reptilian brain with
anthropotechniques (to be enslaved by), not vice versa. Admittedly,
our civilization developed¬†fast ‚Äď as¬†(limbic drive is possessive and)¬†the
reptilian complex is highly efficient. Though efficient, it
is not a far-reaching. Thus, today in Rio, as 20 years ago at the
same place, we do face similar unsolvable dilemmas and grave, ever
mounting, problems. Nowadays, we seemingly understand the
obstacle ‚Äď limits to growth. However, our limit is not¬†(solely)¬†territorial,
linear, it is substantively cognitive[26]. We
overused all life-contents that we plainly borrowed from the future past, and
we overlook all the time what we do have in our past future.

‚ÄúTomorrow¬†Never Dies‚ÄĚ[27]

In his famous speech of 1944, Max Planck spelled out something
that philosophy, religion, astronomy and physics were indicating ever
since the antique Greeks (or to be precise, since the ancient Vedic Sanskrit
texts)[28].
It laid down the foundation, not only of quantum physics but also, of the
so-called Unified Theory of Everything (TOE) as well as the (Coherent
key to) Secrets of Creation. Moreover, it rejuvenated and reaffirmed
many of the Buddhist Tantricperspectives especially the metaphysical
visions contained with the Yogacara[29]. Hence,
if one of the newest TOEs postulated by Stephen Hawking and Leonard
Mlodinow¬†is correct¬†‚Ästthat the quantum universe, as a
self-excited circuit, tends to create meaning and that the observers
are part of the system¬†‚Äď
 than the universe self-actualizes itself[30]. It
concludes that, as the universe evolves enabling organization to
emerge our consciousness creates theuniverse/ multiverse[31]. If
so, it leads to a self-actualization of us in universe too, as then the
fundamental nature of reality should be a comprehensive self-perception[32].

How¬†can¬†the carbon‚Äďaddicted¬†culture¬†of fragile¬†and
insecure but assertive and corrosive bipeds, whose overall dynamics
are predominantly determined by the binary (fight-flight, consume-abandon) actions
of the reptilian complexconsciously project intelligent universe, predominantly
composed of helium and hydrogen in all its immensity?

The answer is easier than it seems at the first glance. It goes
back to one of the most intriguing questions of both philosophy and
astronomy: Is any life out there?                                                   Neither
the very peripheral position of our solar system within the stellar
cluster of the Milky Way, nor a remote place of our galaxy in the
known cosmos would indicate any centrality, any exclusivity of
and monopoly over conscious life to us. Ergo, if such a periphery can
sustain a variety of life forms and development of cognitive
brains, then the rest of the universe must simply flourish in
intelligent life[33]¬†‚Äď
this is the only logical explanation.

Proof?  

While being everyone and having everything,
all the rest of the immense cosmic intelligence self-actualizes and projects
the solar equilibrium, a coherent helium-hydrogen-manifested universe, and
is waiting for us to succeed or fail in departing from the
self-imposed asymmetries and imbalances created by having fossilized
fuel, to return back to our pre-carbon, solar Tao future[34]. 

We’ll either combust ourselves to death or finally comprehend the inevitability
of¬†the¬†obvious¬†‚Äď of our cosmic being, as there is¬†no
having without being
, and there is no being without or against cosmos. This
requires a resolute departure from the primordial hunter-gatherer attitude, and
decisive deployment of our cognitivity.¬†Chaos¬†or¬†cosmos¬†‚Äď
a simple choice.

Anis H. Bajrektarevic,
Geopolitics of Energy Editorial Member

Chairperson for Intl.
Law & Global Pol. Studies

Vienna, 13 JUN 2012

contact:¬†[email protected]

This
article is an integral version of the key-note speech to be presented at                                  the
11
th¬†International E¬†‚ÄstForum¬†(Int.¬†Innovation
and Entrepreneurship¬†Exposition),¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†03‚Äď06
September 2012,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Abstract:

From Rio to Rio with
Kyoto, Copenhagen and Durban in between, the conclusion remains the same: we
fundamentally disagree on realities of this planet and the ways we can address
them.

A decisive breakthrough would necessitate
contexts as well as a larger participatory base to identify problems, to formulate

policies and synchronize our actions. Luminaries
from the world of science, philosophy, religion, culture and sports are

invited too. But, they ‚Äď as usual ‚Äď will stuff
panels of side events, while only politics will make decisions.

Who in politics is motivated for the long-range
policies? This does not pay off politically as often too complex and too time-

consuming to survive the frequency and span of national elections and the taste or comprehension of the median voter.

Our crisis is deep and structural: A very little
headway will be made at the Rio Summit.

Key
words
:

Rio Summit, Greece,
de-carbonization, reptilian complex, limbic drives,
cerebral cortex, culture of species, cosmos, astrophysics, anthropotechniques,
horizontality, quantum biology, Buddhism, Tao, technology, evolution, energy, quantum physics, Max
Planck, defensive modernization,environmental holocaust, sovereign debt crisis, civilizational imperatives 


[1] Taken from the book BosnianChronicle of Ivo Andric, the 1961 winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. 

[2] E.g. one of the eldest world dailies, Wiener Zeitung published since 1703, brings a cover page with
the following title ‚ÄúIn zwanzig Jahren sind wir alle Griechen‚ÄĚ (In 20 years we
will all be Greeks). WZ, 10 March
2012. 

[3]¬†Tao¬†(Chinese¬†?;¬†pinyin)¬†literary means ‚ÄėThe
Path’. In the larger context of the ancient Chinese thought, it catalyzed the LaoTze-an foundation of the later
philosophical and religious/esoteric conscripts.  

[4] Some 20 years ago, the value of overall global
financial transactions was 12 times the entire world’s gross annual product. By
the end of 2011, it was nearly 70 times as big.

[5] E.g. There is no a single peer-reviewed international journal that has
published even one scientific article in last 30 years which reports on factual
evidences that any organic (marine and continental biota) or inorganic (soil,
glaciers, water, polar caps, etc) system is doing better on this planet. There
has not been a single RE or UN report in the last 30 years that
credibly denies a worrying increase in severity and frequency of ‚Äúnatural‚ÄĚ
catastrophes worldwide. Finally, there is not a single internationally
recognized medical journal that has not been constantly reporting on an
alarming increase in skin-cancers, respiratory and allergy related diseases for
the past 30 years. (To put aside the alarming studies on the severe impact of
the so-called video media entertainment on the early neurological development
of children and the overall mental and physical health of youth¬†‚Äď as none of these games is either evolutionary
or bio-neurologically justified for a proper development of the child’s cerebral cortex.) Hence, all the planetary
systems are in retreat; drifting, decomposing, malfunctioning and vanishing.
Instead of a resolute action for a change of our dangerous patterns, the only
self-assuring comfort comes from our ignorance and
anti-intellectual urge to escapism (by waiting for a while and then offering more of the same). 

[6]¬†Ancient Chinese¬†Mandarin translates¬†the¬†word¬†‚Äėcosmos‚Äô¬†as¬†yuzhou(??).¬†Astonishingly precise, even for Einstein‚Äôs
relativity, this literally means space‚Äďtime¬†(?¬†yu¬†‚Ästspace &¬†?¬†zhou¬†‚Ästtime).¬†While the most of modern European languages use
either Greek (cosmos) or Latin (universe) word, Southern Slavs have nearly
esoteric term¬†svemir(Russian?????????): ‚Äėomnipresent tranquility‚Äô (sve¬†‚Äď overall/total,¬†mir¬†‚Äď peace, harmony).¬†¬†

[7]¬†Taken from Stevie Wonder‚Äôs song: ‚ÄėYou are the
Sunshine of My Life’ (1973). 

[8]¬†Or by word of Sagan: ‚ÄėThe Cosmos is all that is
or ever was or ever will be.’ /Carl Sagan, Cosmos (page nr.4)/.

[9] According to the WMO (World Meteorological
Organization), the solar energy reaching the earth surface by far exceeds the¬†global energy production of¬†mankind ‚Äď over 20,000 times. That means that our
PEM (primary energy mix) has to provide us with the current amounts for 20,000 years to reach the scale of what solar radiation supplies
us with annually. 

[10] We falsely believed, throughout the 20th century, that the nuclear holocaust will put an end to the entire
human race. No! It will be a slow, nearly-unnoticed, gradual but steady
construction of the global gas chamber (the troposphere filled by the green-house gas emissions). The
way we extract, produce, transport, distribute and consume, the way we keep all
this running on a blind obedience to fossil hydrocarbons, and finally the wayhowwedoreflect, contemplate and study on all that, inevitably takes us right into the environmental holocaust. 

[11] Seems that the newest discoveries on the
dynamics of property are indicating that the photosynthesis (a fundamental
process of biology that creates life on the bottom of the food-chain. By
capturing carbon dioxide, it supplies the upper
echelons of this chain with a released oxygen and provides a carbon-hydrate caloric food) is powered by the
quantum event. Consequently, a new discipline ‚Äď quantum biology by words of
Graham Fleming, a physical chemist, suggests ‚Äėthat the quantum mechanical
effect might be the key to the ability of green plants, through photosynthesis,
to almost instantly transfer stellar/solar energy from molecules in light
harvesting complexes to molecules in electrochemical reaction centers
.’
This simply means that electrons quantumly test out all available paths and
‚Äėchoose‚Äô the most efficient, nearly a sort of conscious decision in which¬†a quantum mechanicalexploration is conducted and
then also quantum mechanically the most accurate pathway is selected to do the
instant and highly efficient transfer. 

[12]¬†Taken from¬†Net Kings Cole‚Äôs song: ‚ÄėRoute 66‚Äô(1946), written by Bobby Troup.

[13] In such a constellation the cerebral cortex is
reduced to only service the territoriality of reptilian (lower) brains.
Evolution-wise, humans are ‚Äď like other mammals ‚Äď social animals, but also
territorial: An areal presence on certain territory, humans are historically
linking to its very survival. Traditionally, it was less the
cognitively-induced transcendent dimension ‚Äď morality, and far more simply an
instinctive fear of conflicting territorial claim of rivals which kept the
humans from uncontrolled maximization of territorial (and any other) claim.

[14] The eldest layer of our brains structure, the
so-called reptilian complex is a center of our instincts ‚Äď survival and
reproduction (something we share with most of other animals). The limbic system
‚Äď the second evolutionary arrival, according to neuroscience ‚Äď is a center of
emotions. The last to emerge, the upper brain ‚Äď neocortex/ cerebral cortex, by
far the largest segment of our brains is a center of our cognitivity, of
reason. While emotions and reason are complex (therefore slow and sometimes
inaccurate), instincts are highly efficient, fast and accurate as they operate
on binary-code principle fight-flight without thinking and feeling or recalling
previous experiences. It is therefore characterized as: cold and rigid,
calculative and insecure, territorial and assertive, greedy and ignorant,
hierarchical and opportunistic. Consequently, the Reptilian brain is efficient,
but is not far-reaching!Driven by fear-anger complex, it strikingly opposes the
cognitivity¬†(exploration complex)¬†‚Äď human autonomy, self-actualization, empathic
solidarity,¬†coherence,¬†mastery, virtue¬†and purpose ‚Äď all which is centered in¬†the¬†cerebral cortex. (Put in a language of state organs:¬†the¬†lower brain would be the armed forces ‚Äď capacitated with rapid
response, and the upper brains would be a parliament ‚Äď with¬†time consuming and tedious, consensual and
multilayer procedures but of far-reaching deliberations).

[15] As anthropotechniques, we should assume the
(precognitive and) conscious clustering of different experiences, knowledges,
discoveries, patents and the like; its practical application in any human
activity (including all modes of its horizontal and vertical transmission)
aimed at acquiring resources for consummation in space and time by variety of
tools and weaponry. As the only compensation for the biological and
neurological limitations of humans (inferior to other forms of life on the
planet), the anthropotechniques were answering the central pre-cognitive
question of humans: Survival!
 This is a self-coined definition that for years I use in my
lectures on the Institutions and Instruments of Sustainable Development
(chapter: Environmental ethics). As such, the definition is extensive enough to
describe the event of first usage of the sharp stone/broken bone by early homofaber all up to the
development and deployment of the nuclear bomb.

[16] If we observe the exponential growth in the
hydrocarbon consumption over last 150 years, it will follow with the
astonishing complementarity the very amplitude of the demographic growth over
the same period. Conclusion is interesting; past the industrial age, humans
have became ‚Äėgrand alchemists‚Äô (to use the¬†expression¬†of¬†thinkers¬†David Suzuki and Wes Jackson), turning¬†fossilized¬†hydrocarbons into human biomass.

[17] The life of the plants and animals converted by
the geomorphologic action of earth (forces that are enabled by the cosmos, in
general and the sun of our mono-stellar system, in particular) into
oil-gas-coal was possible ONLY due to a solar energy. Our
fossil-carbon originated energy is only the (carbon sequestrated due to) solar
energy stored in the past! Tapped, released and combusted today, it punishes our colony of advanced bipeds as parasites with a lot of smoke. It is actually a message from
our solar past sent to our solar future: if
we eliminate the pre-Cambrian caloric intermediary between us and energy in our
anti-solar presence, skies full of sun will (re-) appear right above us.

[18] Annotated from one of my recent writings, it
states as following: “…the main problem with Green/Renewable (de-carbonized) energy is not the complexity, expense, or the lengthy time-line for
fundamental technological breakthrough; the central issue is that it calls for a major geopolitical
breakthrough
. Oil and gas are
convenient for monopolization (of extraction and international flows, of
pricing and consumption modes) ‚Äď it is a physical commodity of specific
locality. Any green technology (not necessarily of particular locality or
currency) sooner or later will be de-monopolized, and thereby made available to
most, if not to all… Ergo, oil (and gas) represents far more than energy.
Petroleum…is a socio-economic, psychological, cultural, financial and
politico-military construct, a phenomenon of civilization that architectures
the world of horizontalities which is currently known to, possible and
permitted, therefore acceptable for us.(Geopolitics of Technology and the Hydrocarbon Status Quo /Why
Kyoto Will Fail Again/
, Geopolitics of Energy, 34 (1), CERI Canada 2012)

[19]¬†Taken from Janis Joplin‚Äôs song: ‚ÄėMercedes
Benz’(1970).

[20] We are even celebrating this gas-chamber:
Recently released annual energy report of the IEA (International Energy Agency)
has a self-telling title: Golden Rules for a
Golden Age of Gas
. Golden Age of Gas!
Seriously? 

[21] Something that accelerates our disconnection
with oneself and the rest (be it via diverting banalities of ads,
‚Äėentertainment‚Äô, social media, ‚Äėinformation‚Äô or other sorts of enormous noise),
making us ever more alienated, insecure and self-destructive cannot be referred to as a technology that serves
the enhancement of mankind.

[22] Contextualizing a well-known argument of
‚Äėdefensive modernization‚Äô of Fukuyama¬†along with¬†Kissinger‚Äôs ‚Äėconfrontational¬†nostalgia‚Äô, it is to state that throughout the
entire human history a technological drive was aimed to satisfy the security
(and control) objective; and it was rarely (if at all) driven by a desire to
ease human existence or to enhance human emancipation and liberation of
societies at large. Thus, unless
operationalized by the system, both intellectualism (human autonomy, mastery
and purpose), and technological breakthroughs were traditionally felt and
perceived as a threat. 

[23] No wonder that we are cannibalizing our future
by sacrificing our youth (with massive unemployment) to please the shadowy but omnipotent Credit Rating Agencies, while we’ve never contemplated the creation of the Moral Rating Agency.   

[24] The highly intriguing theory (supported by the
extensive geological evidences including the bacteriological analysis of
deep-laying hydrocarbons) about the abiotic nature of oil and its practically
infinite recreation in the lower geological formations of earth has been
presented some 20 years ago. These findings were quickly dismissed, and the
theory itself largely ignored and forgotten. Why? Infinity eliminates the premium of deeper psychologisation, as it
does not necessitate any emotional attachment ‚Äď something¬†abundantly¬†residing in nature cannot efficiently mobilize our¬†present¬†societies.¬†¬†

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